This new resource provides an insight into the physical principles of the device technology that underpins many laser-based military systems in one form or another. From this knowledge a deeper understanding of the fundamental requirements and the potential performance, as well as limitations of such systems may be assessed, given the appropriate operational parameters. Engineers and students are provided with practical advice on how to evaluate laser devices and systems, operate them safely, and train with them.
Table Of Contents
Laser Classification; Laser Devices for Military Applications; Beam-Director Technology; Laser-Beam Propagation; Radiometry, Testing, and Evaluation; Laser Directed-Energy-Weapon Systems; Laser-Based Electro-Optical Countermeasures; Laser Directed-Infrared Countermeasures; Laser Range Finders; Laser-Based Targeting; Laser Designation and Guidance; Laser-Based Remote Sensing; Communication Networks; Navigation Sensors; Other Emerging Military Applications; Safe Use of Lasers and Legislation; Education and Training.